Fundraising is an interesting method of generating resources needed for supporting a cause. Since it involves contribution from several people, the fundraiser (individual or organization) needs to create trust with the people interested in making donations. Only if people are confident that their money will be channeled effectively, will they come forward to donate generously.
Interesting Ways to Raise Money For a Cause
Bagels and Coffee Sale
If there is a shop near you which sells fresh hot bagels, there is a chance, that they will donate bagels for you to sell. Call them up and ask if you can have the bagels left over at the end of the day. You can make arrangements to stand outside a business with bagels and coffee for sale. It's a quick breakfast and plenty of people drink coffee. If you have a way to toast the bagels, that's a major plus. Don't forget the cream cheese and butter.
Candy in a Container
Buy a few types of bags filled with wrapped candy. Put all the candy in a large, clear container. Get permission from an elementary school to hold a lunch time raffle for two weeks. Charge a dollar for a guess at how many pieces of candy are in the container. Make sure you advertise, and let them put in as many guesses as they want. Whoever guesses the closest to the actual amount of candy without going over gets to keep the candy.
You can do this on Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Labor Day or whatever holiday suits you. Serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner to a special group of people (you decide who is special). Advertise it in your town, school, or other public places (with permission of course). Charge a reasonable fee per person for a reservation at the meal. Cook a simple but decent meal as a group, and wait on the attendees. You can also offer entertainment, or just play nice music that is appropriate for the holiday.
Auction and Talent Show
Hold a talent show and charge an admission for the audience. Have nice baked goods showcased in the lobby or the back of the room. Have bid cards at each displayed specialty dessert. Anyone can write a bid down at any time during the show. Whoever bids the highest for the dessert gets to purchase it. The goodies up for bid should be gourmet quality or at least new and different. Set the minimum bid at the price it cost to make it or buy it.
Tickets to Stay Home
This is a fundraising event that doesn't occur. Send an invitation to as many people as you want for a wonderful and creative event that you would hold if you could. Use your imagination to describe the event that the person would be invited to if it were real. Outline your cause and the need for a donation, and invite them to stay home in honor of the cause. If they send a donation, send them a thank you card for not attending your fundraising event that never happened anyway.
Have an event in which people bring wrapped gifts to the auction. Each gift can contain a nice usable gift to be auctioned off. People can weigh or examine the boxes to guess what the item might be before bidding. Big boxes may contain small presents and light gifts can be weighed down to make it harder to guess. Final bids are given and the items are sold before they are opened.
Play a good DVD on a big screen television or a projector screen. There can be a theme to the night, a speaker, and perhaps a discussion after the movie. Charge an admission for seating, popcorn (or a small bag of chips), and a drink (maybe about USD 5 or 6 per person for the show with a snack included). It's a fun night, and depending on the subject, people really get into the discussion too.
These are just a few interesting and unique fundraising ideas. Remember that engaging people in productive and fun activities is very important. If they find your event enjoyable, they will be happy to donate for a worthy cause. To get more ideas for fundraising for kids or women events, you can contact your friends and family. Once you have a pool of different suggestions, you can choose the one that fits your budget and captures your imagination.